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Netflix Viewers Can't Help But Notice This Striking Similarity Between 'The Stranger' and 'You'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 5, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 5, 2020 |


Fans of murder mystery series with big twists that can be binged in a single weekend on Netflix have been fortunate enough, in the last several weeks, to have at least two of them to gobble down. The last week of December gave us the second season of You featuring our favorite murderous stalker, Penn Badgley’s Joe Goldberg, and just last week, Netflix debuted The Stranger, a Harlen Coben series featuring Hannah John-Kamen in the title role.

The two series, however, have more than murder and mystery in common. Social media hasn’t been able to help but notice that both the lead in You and the eponymous Stranger in The Stranger disguise themselves the same way: By wearing a baseball cap. I wear a baseball cap almost every day! Is this why I have to reintroduce myself all the time to people I have already met? Have I inadvertently gone incognito? Or is it because I look like a nondescript, cap-wearing, middle-aged, white guy?

In either respect, it’s a weird shortcut for both series to take, transforming their characters into sinister-ish (but attractive) villains with a single piece of common headwear.

Twitter called it out.

Both of these shows have unfortunately given cap-wearers everywhere a bad rap.

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